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Draft | Story | 6/4/2012

PG All-American Correa Goes No. 1

Patrick Ebert     
Photo: Perfect Game

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – 2011 Perfect Game All-American Carlos Correa was selected first overall by the Houston Astros in the 2012 MLB Draft. Not only did Correa start for the East squad in the Classic, but he also was the first Puerto Rican named to the team, and took home the Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year honors as part of the event's award banquet.

Correa, who doesn't turn 18 until September, becomes the highest drafted player ever from Puerto Rico, surpassing 13-year MLB veteran Ramon Castro, who was taken 17th overall in 1994 by the Astros.

Last week Correa had spent a week stateside making stops with each of the teams that owned a pick among the top seven overall selections. Word quickly spread that he impressed at each and every stop, particularly in front of the Houston Astros scouting and player development executives.

Correa has shown steady improvement, particularly at the plate, over the last year. He was named to the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic at this time last year, and also shined at the 2011 WWBA World Championship last October in Jupiter, Fla. Two months later he participated in the 2012 World Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla. and showed an incredible approach and swing, with the ability to quickly make adjustments while hitting high level pitching with authority.  He also broke his own record at that event, throwing an astounding 97 mph from across the infield after throwing 94 the year before.

Leading up to the draft, many in the industry believed that the Astros would select Stanford ace Mark Appel. While the pick may have been somewhat of a surprise, Correa certainly has shown the talent befitting of the No. 1 pick.

In doing so, Correa became the sixth PG All-American to be selected first overall since the event began in 2003. He joins Matt Bush (2004), Justin Upton (2005), Tim Beckham (2008), Bryce Harper (2010) and Gerrit Cole (2011).

Overall, 19 former Perfect Game All-Americans were selected in the first and supplemental first rounds of the 2012 draft, breaking the record set last year in which 18 former PG All-Americans were taken in the same range.  Notable picks that participated in the 2011 Classic include the Reebok Offensive Player of the Year and game MVP Joey Gallo (39th overall, Texas Rangers), the Baseball America Pitcher of the Year Lucas Giolito (16th overall, Washington Nationals) and the Jackie Robinson Player of the Year Lance McCullers (41st overall, Houston Astros).  Giolito started the 2011 contest for the West squad, with McCullers doing so for the East.

From all 40 rounds of the draft, 49 total former PG All-Americans were selected, 40 of those participated in last year's Classic.  All of the former PG All-Americans that were drafted in the 2012 First Year Player Draft are listed below.

Stay tuned to Perfect Game for all three days of the MLB Draft and be sure to take advantage of the unique Draft LIVE! application in which you can follow the picks as they happen, access detailed scouting reports, and chat live with the Perfect Game staff.

Round Pick Player Team Year
1 1 Carlos Correa Houston Astros 2011
1 3 Michael Zunino Seattle Mariners 2008
1 4 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles 2009
1 6 Albert Almora Chicago Cubs 2011
1 7 Max Fried San Diego Padres 2011
1 10 David Dahl Colorado Rockies 2011
1 11 Addison Russell Oakland Athletics 2011
1 13 Courtney Hawkins Chicago White Sox 2011
1 16 Lucas Giolito Washington Nationals 2011
1 18 Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers 2011
1 21 Lucas Sims Atlanta Braves 2011
1 25 Richie Shaffer Tampa Bay Rays 2008
1S 34 Daniel Robertson Oakland Athletics 2011
1S 39 Joey Gallo Texas Rangers 2011
1S 41 Lance McCullers Houston Astros 2011
1S 48 Keon Barnum Chicago White Sox 2011
1S 49 Jesse Winker Cincinnati Reds 2011
1S 50 Matt Smoral Toronto Blue Jays 2011
1S 55 Walker Weickel San Diego Padres 2011
2 67 Duane Underwood Chicago Cubs 2011
2 78 Tanner Rahier Cincinnati Reds 2011
2 93 Nick Williams Texas Rangers 2011
3 101 Ryan McNeil Chicago Cubs 2011
3 118 Austin Maddox Boston Red Sox 2008
4 129 Rio Ruiz Houston Astros 2011
5 188 Andrew Pullin Philadelphia Phillies 2011
7 230 Corey Oswalt New York Mets 2011
8 257 Drew Steckenrider Miami Marlins 2008
8 266 Scott Griggs Los Angeles Dodgers 2008
11 339 Hunter Virant Houston Astros 2011
11 357 Jonathan Walsh Los Angeles Angels 2008
11 360 Trey Williams St. Louis Cardinals 2011
13 428 Steven Golden Philadelphia Phillies 2011
15 473 Nelson Rodriguez Cleveland Indians 2011
15 481 Caron Fulmer Boston Red Sox 2011
15 486 Jameis Winston Texas Rangers 2011
16 493 Austin Fairchild Kansas City Royals 2011
16 506 Josh Henderson Los Angeles Dodgers 2011
17 530 Stefan Sabol New York Mets 2009
25 764 Rhett Wiseman Chicago Cubs 2011
26 789 C.J. Hinojosa Houston Astros 2011
26 804 Skye Bolt Washington Nationals 2011
27 834 Cody Poteet Washington Nationals 2011
29 901 Alex Bregman Boston Red Sox 2011
33 1016 C.J. Saylor Los Angeles Dodgers 2011
33 1025 Ryan Burr Texas Rangers 2011
36 1114 Clate Schmidt Detroit Tigers 2011
37 1133 Jacob Morris Cleveland Indians 2008
39 1179 Mitchell Traver Houston Astros 2011
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